Chelsea’s first winter break is well underway, with Tammy Abraham for one delighted at the prospect of relaxing for a few days in the middle of a typically busy English season. It is one that has gone well for him so far.

The striker has 15 goals for the Blues in all competitions in what has been a breakthrough year for him at Chelsea. He has delivered in the role of our number nine, belying his inexperience at the very top level to effectively lead the line.

‘I can’t complain,’ said the striker. ‘It’s been a great season for me so far. I would like to push on. There are massive games coming up, in the Champions League also.

‘Playing for a club like Chelsea there is always going to be pressure. For me it’s about being in the right place at the right time, and believing in myself and my abilities. I’m sure I will score a few more. I like the pressure.

‘As a team we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. We started off well, we had a spell where we were losing a bit, and now we’re starting to pick up again. This break will do us good because we have some massive games coming up. We need to be ready for them and prepare ourselves.’

Abraham is spending some of his time off in Dubai, and having only recently recovered from an ankle injury sustained in the draw with Arsenal, it has certainly come at a good time for the 22-year-old.

‘I’m definitely in favour of the winter break. It’s a chance to reflect and forget about football for a week and come back all guns blazing.

‘Mentally and physically, we all need this after a long, hard first few months of the season. It gets to the point where people start to get leggy and there are a few injuries coming. Now we can take time off and recover our bodies and our minds.’